Everyone knows about the recent shootings in Charleston, South Carolina. If you’ve been living in a cave for the past week, then see Charleston church shooting. The shooter is in custody and has already confessed — see Dylann Roof.
It was inevitable.that creationists would blame this on Darwin, and sure enough, at the Discovery Institute’s creationist blog we find: In Explaining Dylann Roof’s Inspiration, the Media Ignore Ties to Evolutionary Racism.
It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. The graphic above this post is in his honor.
Klinghoffer excels at this kind of work. To put his essay in context, here’s a sampling of his scholarly creationist oeuvre, which most of you have seen before. He has previously posted a series of essays attempting to link Charles Darwin to: Hitler, and communism, and Stalin, and the Columbine shootings, and Charles Manson, and the Ft. Hood Massacre, and Mao Tse-tung, and Dr. Josef Mengele, and the practice of euthanasia, and most recently No Darwin, No Left-Wing Politics.
Okay, you know what we’re dealing with. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
We haven’t said anything yet about the horrific church massacre in South Carolina because the terrible event did not seem, at first glance, to touch on the scientific issues that we typically deal with here. True, confessed mass murderer Dylann Roof’s apparent “manifesto” deals a little with themes of pseudo-scientific racism: [quote from Roof’s manifesto]. But beyond that there was none of the evolutionary chatter you find at some neo-Nazi and white supremacist sites.
We’re not given any examples of the “evolutionary chatter” at such websites. We doubt that there is any. Our guess is that in Klinghoffer’s mind, racism alone is all he needs to implicate Darwin, as if there had never been any racism in the world before he published his theory. In other words, Klinghoffer doesn’t have much to go on. But that doesn’t stop him. He mentions a few racist websites that have only a tenuous connection, if any, to the killer, and then he says:
I mention this at all not to blame them for Roof’s crime, in any way, but simply to note — because the mainstream media covers it up — how certain ideas tend to hang together.
Klinghoffer doesn’t blame any of the racist websites that can be found on the internet. Then who does he blame? Yes, you guessed it. Here it comes:
The racial elements in Charles Darwin’s writing, the eugenicist implications, are often brushed aside as ugly but incidental, a mere byproduct of his time and place.
What racial elements? We can’t find them. See Racism, Eugenics, and Darwin.
After presenting no evidence whatsoever, and having said nothing of value, Klinghoffer announces his conclusion:
Yet the myth of European superiority over inferior dark peoples continues to percolate in some evolutionary thinking, a century and more after the close of the Victorian era. It seems to have found an eager student in a disturbed young man named Dylann Roof.
So there you are. It was a big ark-load of nothing, and then a worthless conclusion based on the worthless creationist premise that all evil in the world is Darwin’s fault. Typical Klinghoffer stuff.
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